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Eat vegetables, Be happy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius yesterday. 9 Replies

An association between the amount of fruit and vegetables people ate and their happiness? Yes indeed. People who ate 7 portions of fruits and/or vegetables a day were the happiest.…Continue

Tags: vegetables, fruit, diet, happiness

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 59 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 22, 2013 at 4:37pm

That doesn't look any more like a carving of a face than the Man on Mars photo did.

I sympathize with you struggling with your computer, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
Sorry for the duplicates. My computer won't "Add Comment, so I re-post ... and get duplicates. Now my computer won't delete one. I really am trying to figure out what the problem is.
I have plenty of room in memory,
I emptied my cache,
I turned the computer off and let it rest for a while,
I deleted some files that I no longer want,

Any other suggestions. The poor old lady needs a rest, perhaps. She is so slow, I can go to the kitchen for a cup and return and she tries to send or receive.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 4:30pm
Sorry for the duplicates. My computer won't "Add Comment, so I re-post ... and get duplicates. Now my computer won't delete one. I really am trying to figure out what the problem is.
I have plenty of room in memory,
I emptied my cache,
I turned the computer off and let it rest for a while,
I deleted some files that I no longer want,

Any other suggestions. The poor old lady needs a rest, perhaps. She is so slow, I can go to the kitchen for a cup and return and she tries to send or receive.
Comment by booklover on April 22, 2013 at 3:25pm

I see the face Joan.  So many interesting things to learn.

funny LOL Cat Steph~ :)

Thanks Ian, she seemed more "up" today.  She had a good interview for a paid writing job at school for next year.  I SO hope she gets it!  My husband has an idea for an internship she could do this summer.  Get this.  She got HERSELF a PAID internship at a small newspaper here last summer. She's a Journalism Major. They didn't want an intern, she ASKED, and when they met her, loved her and agreed to it.  She went back to school last Fall and told her adviser.  Her adviser then told her it DIDN'T COUNT because it was paid!!! Aaarggh! Here she thought she was killing 2 birds with one stone.  Life.  Ya gotta laugh...

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2013 at 3:20pm

I'm still catching up here.  There were some posts a few pages back about The Family (or The Fellowship) and "family values."  The Family claims to be a Jesus-centered organization, and they follow "his orders" (IF there ever was such a person) to his followers (ditto) to abandon their families completely.

Luke 14:26 (KJV)- If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Matt 10:36-37 -36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[a] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

NOT someone I would want teaching my kids, if I had any...or anybody else.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 3:16pm
Inventions, discoveries, introductions during this period:
• Harappan civilisation, at its peak, covered an area of around 480,000 km² (298 258.172 mi²). Its heartland lay in the Indus river valley in Pakistan, but settlements spread as far as the Makran coast, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, eastern Punjab, Kutch and Saurashtra. They included cities likeHarappa, Mohenjo-daro, Kalibangan, Dholavira, ports like Lothal, Sutkagen-dor and Sotka-koh and numerous villages as well. They used irrigation to farm and constructed cities. The two main cities had sewage systems, bronze, trade tokens (early coins), and hieroglyphs. There were even baths at one of the villages, besides the great baths of brick in each city. Geometry of shrines and altars tends to identify these with the cities of the Yajur Veda: they might easily be a thousand years older than this conservative date.
• Cycladic marble figures depict the use of both the musical pipe and the kithara form of lyre. (Archaeology of the Olympics 1988)
• Earliest surviving ski is left in a peat bog at Hoting, Sweden, about this time. (Encyc. Americana)
• Sumerians use domestic asses on war chariots (Standard of Ur), not onagers as early interpreters claimed. (Clutton-Brock)
• Agriculture at Prieta Huaca includes cotton and bottle-gourds. (Bailey 1973)
• Statue of Ebih-Il, at Mari
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 2:56pm

Dr. Terence Meaden photo

Stonehenge rock face built about 2450 BC

The 25th century BC is a century which lasted from the year 2500 BCE to 2401 BCE.

  • c. 2450 BCE: End of the Early Dynastic IIIa Period and beginning of the Early Dynastic IIIb Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2450 BCEKish is lost to Khamazi tribesmen of the Kurdistan mountains; Elamites from Awanoccupy parts of Sumer. (Roux 1980)
  • c. 2410 BCE: By this time, kings in Sumer have ceased to be automatically high priests of the city deity. (Roux 1980) Semitic infiltration and conquest of Mesopotamia begins. (1968 RD Almanac)
  • c. 2400 BCE–2200 BCE: Construction of Stonehenge

Significant persons during that period:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 22, 2013 at 12:52pm

Honors, Ian, for participating in the Greenpeace Human Banner.

I can’t see a face in the Stonehenge stone, Joan. While the Earth Mother may be a myth, I find it useful for communication. Anthropomorphism is a tool of communication.  That whimsical Parade painting is creepycute.

I am a little old lady who has learned a lot in my years and I like to share my ideas with others. If that makes me "an enemy of the people", then maybe the people need an enemy. 

ROFL Right On!

The Give Earth A Hand video is great! Thanks.

The UG addition to the Pledge as a business inspired plot to connect religion to capitalism., that’s plausible Tom.

I hope your daughter finishes her senior year, Melinda. Nice uplifting LOLcat, to brighten my afternoon.

Loren, that "If God Were A Car” was a hoot!

The Family gives me the creeps, sk8eycat. That Hillary belongs is a black mark against her. Yes, Tom, they “have to pander” but I don’t think she needs to sink to that level.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2013 at 12:25pm

“Just as we loudly proclaim our atheistic world view, we can look at the religious with pity as they humble themselves and grovel before their imaginary gods that exist nowhere but inside their heads.”

Dr. Terence Meaden

 

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